The result of the meetings at the Constitutional
Convention in 1787 was the United States Constitution, placing
the Convention among the most significant events in the history
of the United States.
The delegates elected George Washington to
preside over the convention. He was a towering figure,
already considered the 'Father of His Country', and the
most respected person there. Even men of high stature were
nervous to approach him.
But one story goes at this: Alexander
Hamilton dared his fellow delegate Gouverneur Morris to clap
General Washington on the shoulder and offer him a hearty
greeting. Taking the dare, Morris placed his hand on Washington’s shoulder,
and declared that he was happy to see his ‘dear General’ looking
so well; Washington removed his hand and silently, but sternly
glared at him. Morris shrunk and retreated back into the crowd to the
amusement of Hamilton.